Global Thermoplastic Elastomers

This report forecasts to 2022 global demand for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) by product, market, and major world region in volume terms. Product segments include: styrenic block copolymers, thermoplastic polyolefins, polyolefin elastomers, thermoplastic polyurethanes, and other products such as thermoplastic vulcanizates and copolyester elastomers. Reported markets encompass: motor vehicles; consumer goods; asphalt and roofing; adhesives, sealants, and coatings; and other markets such as industrial products, packaging, and medical products. Major world regions include North America, Western Europe, Asia/Pacific, and all other regions.

To illustrate historical trends, world, product, market, and regional demand (including product and market segments) are provided for 2007, 2012, and 2017. Global production is segmented by major world region and provided for 2007, 2012, 2017, and 2022.

For the purposes of this report, a thermoplastic elastomer is defined as any thermoplastic material that exhibits elastomeric properties; TPEs offer the functional performance characteristics of thermoset rubber, but are processed using the methods and machinery of rigid thermoplastics. SBCs that do not exhibit elastomeric properties (i.e., high styrene products that contain roughly 60% or more styrene) are excluded from this report’s scope.

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